Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting down (via Skype) with one of my favorite artists - the very talented Chris Piascik. I first learned about Chris and his work through Flickr. I joined a group on the photo site called "Hand Drawn Type" because I had recently started exploring the art form myself. The group is an awesome place to exchange ideas and see what other artists are up to. Out of all the work in the group's pool, Chris' would always stand out. It's got an edge that makes is dynamic and very interesting to look at. I decided to check out Chris' profile (..the Facebook stalking equivalent of Flickr..) to learn more about him.. Things like whether or not his art was his full-time job and where I could buy this awesome shirt, designed by Chris. It was there that I learned that Chris resids in my home state - Connecticut! I was so excited to learn this because I honestly feel like cool things (like Chris Piascik) rarely reside in "The Nutmeg State".

Before I moved out to California, I e-mailed Chris asking if he'd be willing to meet for coffee so I could pick his brain about working as an illustrator/graphic designer. He was more than willing (so kind!).. but then, alas, I moved away.. Fortunately, I came back to Connecticut for Christmas at the beginning of the month, so meeting with Chris became again possible! We made plans to meet for coffee, but ended up meeting via Skype instead..which saved us both gas money and was AWESOME! He's such a down-to-earth guy and he was totally willing to answer all of my questions. He gave me some great advice about starting out in the world of illustration. Talking to him really encouraged me to go after my creative passions. Thanks Chris!!

Here's some of Chris' work.. via his Flickr site..He's got some amazing bike pieces!
I just love this cat! ...and all cats.. too much!
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